The G1 Betfred Derby will be run at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, The Jockey Club announced on Wednesday.
Previously slated for 4:30 p.m., the race’s earlier time is a result of the decision to switch the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley, which sees Manchester City and Manchester United go head-to-head at 3 p.m. the same afternoon. The 244th running of the Blue Riband will be the second race on the eight-race card that begins at 12:50 p.m.
James Crespi, General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse, said, “This year, the first Saturday in June will play host to two Derby’s and two of Britain’s great sporting events.
“In order to give fans of both horseracing and football the opportunity to enjoy the Betfred Derby and the FA Cup Final and to maximise the publicity and exposure of these two iconic sporting occasions, which will both be broadcast live on ITV1, we have made some changes to our usual schedule.
“We are grateful to our partners at ITV and our generous sponsors Betfred for their help in facilitating the move, and we can’t wait for what is sure to be a great afternoon for British sport.”
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